As Showtime prepares its Penny Dreadful sequel spin-off City of Angels, the show has just cast six actors to the series in various lead and recurring roles. Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Lorenza Izzo (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) have joined in series regular roles while Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery), Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) and Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters) will play recurring roles.
The six new actors join Daniel Zovatto (Don’t Breathe), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Johnathan Nieves (Better Call Saul), Jessica Garza (The Purge), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire) Adriana Barraza (Rambo: Last Blood), Amy Madigan (The Hunt), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Lin Shaye (Insidious) in the series. Character descriptions are as below:
Gladis will play Councilman Charlton Townsend, “the ambitious head of the L.A. City Council’s Transportation Committee; a man of killer instincts and ruthless political wiles”.
Izzo will play the recurring role of Santa Muerte, “the Angel of Holy Death and sister of the charismatic demoness, Magda (Dormer)”.
Rodriguez will play recurring character Raul Vega, the eldest son of the Vega family and a righteous union leader and advocate for his people. Wise to the ways of the world, Raul tries to be a father-figure to his brother Tiago (Zovatto)”.
Kretschmann will play Richard Goss, “an aristocratic and mysterious German architect with grand plans for the future of Los Angeles: a manipulative master builder with unsettling connections to City Hall”.
Sherwood will guest star as Kurt, “the chauffer and bodyguard for Richard Goss (Kretschmann). There’s more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background”.
Peck will play Herman Ackermann, “the charismatic second-in-command at the German-American Bund. His aggressive politics, heated rhetoric, and personal magnetism inevitably create tension within the group and for the Bund’s leader, Peter Craft (Rory Kinnear)”.
Production on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set to get underway later this year. Penny Dreadful creator John Logan created the spin-off and will serve as its writer and executive producer with Michael Aguilar (Kidding) also executive producing.
City of Angels will be set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.